Mrs. Susan M. Brong, 55, of Lehighton, died Sunday, April 1, in the Palmerton Hospital after a courageous 20-year battle with a brain tumor. She was the wife of Bill Brong.
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She was a special education teacher in the Pleasant Valley School District for the past 34 years.Born in Abington, she was a daughter of Elaine (Benz) Vanderslice of Telford and the late Jack Vanderslice.
- They observed their 24th wedding anniversary in June.
She was a graduate of Upper Dublin High School and Bloomsburg University, and earned a master's degree from East Stroudsburg University. While at Pleasant Valley, she was a former softball coach and ski club advisor and was involved in Special Olympics.
The deceased loved gardening, reading and spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife and mother and a great supporter of all of her children's activities.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are a son, Kyle A., a graduate of Dartmouth College; two daughters, Julie A., who will be a 2012 graduate of Penn State University, and Christina E., who will be a 2013 graduate of Penn State; a sister Judy, wife of Paul Schwartz of Northampton; two brothers, David, and his wife, Leanne, of Hatboro, and Karl, and his wife, Nell, of Horsham; a sister-in-law, Debbie Vanderslice Kirkland, and her husband, John, of Perkasie; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack Jr.
Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, with the Rev. Allen Heckman officiating. Interment, Buena Vista Cemetery, Brodheadsville. Call 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Kresge Funeral Home, 1763 Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, and 10-11 a.m. Thursday in the church. A tribute fund to benefit the Palmerton Hospital Med/Surgery Unit has been set up in Susan's name. Checks can be made to BMHS Fund Development and can be mailed to BMHS Fund, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, Pa. 18235. kresgefuneralhome.com.